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Maybe it was foolish to leave Ana alone. Just three months later, two boys were attacked by a mountain lion on hill just behind town of Anaconda. The fourteen-year-old fired his gun to scare it off. Both boys were probably larger than my gunless wife. Fortunately, we didn't meet any cougars or bears on this hike, but Ana had other things to worry about.
Camping With Aliens In Montana
"I hear voices," she told me in tent that night. I assured her there was nobody within ten miles of us, and then she was worried about aliens landing in meadow. Well, it would make a good landing site. The wind threatened to shred tent all night, sounding like whispers or screams of ghosts - or aliens. By morning wind relented, but it was well below freezing - time to get Ana home.
Despite cold she hates so much, Ana couldn't help stopping to take in view as we crossed high meadows on our way home. Mountains, grey with rock, green with grass and flowers, and painted with white patches of snow, were everywhere. Lakes sat in valleys below, unvisited for weeks at a time. We'll be back there again, but perhaps with bear spray and alien repellant.
Forty-five miles of Continental Divide Trail pass through Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. Other trails in area are never heavily used. You can easily find mountains and whole valleys where you'll be only human residents for as long as you stay.
Steve Gillman hit the road at sixteen, and traveled the U.S. and Mexico alone at 17. Now 40, he travels with his wife Ana, whom he met in Ecuador. To read their stories, tips and travel information, visit: http://www.EverythingAboutTravel.com